This book was written for the novice. It contains good basic information any collector or dealer should know with over 500 beautiful color photographs of costume jewelry designed by nearly 100 designers. ABCs of Costume Jewelry will inspire a novice collector and new or small dealer, and increase knowledge of this fun-filled specialty field. Its non-technical terms and many illustrations derive from the authors' extensive experiences, both good and bad. It is written to improve your ability to recognize, value, purchase, collect, display, and clean your collection or inventory. After reading this book, if you make just one knowledgeable purchase, or avoid a bad one, you will more than cover the cost of your investment.